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RADIO How to Get a Direct Line to Talk Shows Here's the way callers ought to be: Be brief, be prepared and be persistent if you want to get through to Limbaugh or other on-air hosts.
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Sandfort, Sandy
Date: Jun 25, 1995
Start Page: 72
Section: Calendar; Calendar Desk
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Maybe you've thought about calling Rush Limbaugh or some other talk show host but gave up before you started. Did you stop because you thought you would never get through? Did you fear you'd put your foot in your mouth if you did?

Well, I've talked to Limbaugh and his millions of listeners. Though untold numbers of people attempt to call him, I managed to get past the busy signals and Bo, one of his off-air screeners, three times. Though I disagreed with the host, I still got plenty of air time to put in my two cents' worth. In the process, I didn't get cut off, I didn't make a fool of myself, and Limbaugh even thanked me for my "insightful call."

Talk show hosts like Limbaugh are professionals. They are used to ad-libbing on the air. You are not. Your chances of successfully "shooting from the hip" are slim. It is much better to organize yourself by writing down your key points. This does not mean writing yourself a little speech and reading it on the air-it would be stilted and boring.

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